The bridge helps the development of the North-East India. The Brahmaputra not only splits the state of Assam along its length but also cuts off the seven sister states of the North-East from the rest of the country.
The river having a catchments area of 280,000Â km2 flows in the most unpredictable manners, occupying 12Â km to 16Â km of space at places and poses a challenge to the bridge engineers. Despite the pioneering efforts of the Railways at Saraighat, the Northeast continued to suffer from the long-felt lack of transportation network. Around 25 years later, Indian Railways have turned yet another dream into reality. The 2nd Brahmaputra Bridge has greatly accelerate march of the North eastern states towards 21st century.
Brahmaputra, one of the longer rivers in Asia with a total length of 2880Â km â€“ 920Â km of which lie in India â€“ had been bridged only at one place, the only link between the North Eastern states with the rest of the country. This 1.3Â km rail-cum-road bridge, completed in 1962, was also constructed by Indian Railways. Road Bridge, Guwahati.